We’ve known for a long time that this city is special and if you haven’t experienced Music City for yourself, this is your time to do it! Ready to hit the road? We know you know all about the country music and honky-tonk highway, but there is plenty of other fun to be had in Downtown Nashville and its surrounding neighborhoods. There is no better way to experience a new city than like the locals do, so we are highlighting our favorite places in the Edgehill, Midtown, and Hillsboro-Westend neighborhoods!
Nestled between college campuses for Belmont and Vanderbilt, you’ll find the neighborhood of Edgehill. This neighborhood is home to the legendary Music Row. Enjoy a leisurely stroll and see the recording studios that hosted some of your favorite artists like Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Elvis, and more. You can even take a tour of some of the famous studios– check out RCA Studio B. After learning more about why people call Nashville “Music City,” head over to Villa Place where you can shop and eat in Edgehill Village. If you are one of the many bachelorettes spending time in the area, stop into Vow’d and do a little wedding dress shopping! If it’s a piece of Nashville, southern style you’re looking for – wander into Haven and Billy Reid. Of course, for all you skincare lovers, Aesop is a must!
After all the shopping and exploring, if you find yourself in need of a little caffeine boost, Osa Coffee Roasters is the place. This wholesale coffee company supplies many favorite Nashville restaurants and establishments, but you can get a fresh cup, right from the source in Edgehill! Perhaps it’s “five o’ clock somewhere” – then you are in luck – because one of the coolest spots for a drink in Nashville is Old Glory! This speakeasy-style bar has a great atmosphere and even better cocktails! Some of Nashville’s favorite places to eat are also right here in Edgehill. Jack Browns is one of the best no-frills burgers you can get (they also have a location in Germantown). There is also Bella Napoli where you can feast on handcrafted, authentic Neapolitan pizza and Italian cuisine. The newest eatery on the block is Sadie’s– and their fresh, Mediterranean menu is the talk of the neighborhood.
The midtown neighborhood can be considered the gateway between the craziness of downtown and Broadway to the calmer, more local parts of town. There is still a good time to be had in Midtown, with the infamous Losers Bar & Grill and sister bar Winner’s. Also along this strip of bars is a place that’s a favorite to locals and tourists alike, Red Door Saloon. If you are looking for a craft cocktail- Patterson House is the place for you. This intimate, seated cocktail bar has an extensive list with something for everyone, along with some top-notch bar bites! After all the drinks- stop at Two Boots for a late-night slice of pizza before calling it a night. If you are hitting this part of town a little bit earlier in the day, Tavern is one of the most popular brunch spots in town. Not only does Hi-Fi Clyde’s serve brunch all day, they also have ping pong tables, shuffle-boards, and other fun games! Known for being Nashville’s best Tex-Mex, is San Antonio Taco Company, and trust us – you don’t want to miss their award-winning chili con queso. For the foodie of all foodies, The Catbird Seat is also located in Midtown. You are seated as part of the active kitchen and have a tasting menu that can be up to 18 courses!
This vibrant, historic, and walkable neighborhood is a great place to spend the day. You can start the morning with a workout class at Small World Yoga or the Pilates Garage, both small, locally-owned fitness studios. Centennial Park is newly renovated and has an amazing walking trail and dog park if you brought along your furry friend. This park is one-of-a-kind, with a replica of The Parthenon, available to tour. Fuel up for the day at Barista Parlor. This local coffee shop strives to be a part of the community and supports local artisans. You could also try a CBD coffee with a build-your-own breakfast sandwich from Anzie Blue. Pick up CBD oils, lotions and other great gifts while you’re there! Other notable restaurants worth checking out are: Central BBQ, Fido, Greenery, or Shokku Ramen.
Once you are nice and full, you’re ready to take on some shopping! Hillsboro Village has all the trendy spots like Impeccable Pig, Wilder, and Posh. Pick up some Nashville gear to remember your trip from the Nash Collection located in Revv Boutique. For those with some more extravagant taste, or all things designer, you’ll love UAL (United Apparel Liquidators) they have a variety of deeply discounted designer items! If you are looking for a little relaxation time, stop in Chao Nail + Bar or Luxe Nails, where you can sit back and relax with a drink while you get a manicure or pedicure (or perhaps both!). Of course, you can’t forget the photo op! There are great murals all over Hillsboro-Westend, like the Drippy Lips Mural or It’s Gonna Be O.K.